Traditionally, there haven't been many quality options as far as New Delhi airport hotels are concerned. However, the revamping of Delhi airport and opening of the new Terminal 3 (T3) is bringing a number of reputable hotel brands to the airport. Most are commencing operations in the Delhi Aerocity area, which is the new hospitality district adjacent to the airport. The previously existing hotels are predominately located around National Highway 8, which runs alongside the airport, in the Mahipalpur area. This guide to hotels near Delhi airport will point you in the right direction of which are worth staying in, for all budgets.
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Yes, the new T3 at Delhi Airport has a transit hotel! Opened in March 2011, it's located on level five of the terminal. The hotel, which was formerly the Eaton Smart Transit Hotel, is divided into two wings to service both domestic and international passengers. It offer 57 rooms for international travelers and 36 rooms for domestic travelers (this excludes passengers flying with low cost carriers from Terminal 1). There are also Aqua pods to shower and freshen up in, along with spa, gymnasium, and transit lounge serving food, tea, and alcoholic drinks. You'll be paying for the location and convenience through. Rates are based on length of stay and rooms cost about 7,500 rupees for seven hours.
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Launched in April 2013 in the Aerocity area, this large and opulent hotel has more than 500 rooms, two restaurants (including a Japanese restaurant), coffee shop, two bars (one poolside), a chic lounge, and spa and fitness center. If you can afford it, it's worth staying there! It's perfect to pamper yourself and recharge your batteries before flying. Unfortunately, a complimentary airport shuttle service isn't provided though. Transfers are charged at 1,685 rupees per room for a round trip. Room rates start from around 9,000 rupees per night, plus tax.
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Newly opened in late 2015, Pullman is an upscale luxury international hotel brand owned by AccorHotels. This stylish hotel has 270 lavishly decorated guest rooms and suites, two restaurants (one that serves modern European cuisine and one that specializes in Asian cuisine), a cafe, bar with exclusive wine list, swimming pool, fitness center, convention center and ballroom, and luxury spa. Wireless Internet is complimentary and suites get free airport transfers. Otherwise, you can expect to pay 1,500 rupees per vehicle for transfers. Room rates start from about 10,000 rupees per night, plus tax.
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The Novotel, also owned by AccorHotels, opened at the same time as the Pullman hotel and adjoins it. The properties share the same swimming pool. Unlike the Pullman, the Novotel is aimed more at families (two children under 16 years old can stay free with their parents), and its guest accommodations are more minimalist and simplistic in design. It's a substantially sized hotel with 400 rooms and one of the largest ballrooms in Delhi. It also has a restaurant and bar, and conference facilities. The property is a 10 minute walk from the Aerocity Metro station. The hotel doesn't operate an airport shuttle service and the price it charges for transfers is costly (1,000 rupees per vehicle one way). Wireless Internet is complimentary though. Expect to pay 8,000 rupees, plus tax, upwards per night for a room. .Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Unlike the other new luxury hotels, the Radisson Blu Plaza is not located in the Aerocity area but is situated on National Highway 8, at the intersection of the road leading to Terminal T3 -- so it's super close to the airport. It's an older hotel that was renovated and upgraded in 2012. It has 260 rooms and suites, three restaurants (including Neung Roi, an award winning Thai specialty restaurant), pasty shop, two bars, swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and beauty salon. Rates start from around 9,000 rupees per night, plus tax. What's really great is that airport shuttle service, wireless Internet, and buffet breakfast are all complimentary!
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Located in the Aerocity area, with easy access to the airport, the classy and contemporary Holiday Inn opened in March 2014. It's a very popular upscale hotel with a terrific range of facilities, including three restaurants, free wireless Internet, spa, fitness center, travel desk, shops and outdoor swimming pool. Complimentary airport transfers are provided, and the hotel is situated only 200 meters from the Aerocity Metro station. There are 265 rooms and suites. Expect to pay 5,800 rupees per night upwards, plus tax.
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Brand new and launched in January 2016, the Pride Plaza is the only luxury hotel brand in the Aerocity area that's owned by an Indian hotel company. The company has aimed to bring elements of Indian art and culture into the design of its flagship hotel. There are 385 rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lounge bar, swimming pool, spa, fitness center, and conference facilities. Wireless internet is chargeable. Airport transfers also cost 1,000 rupees one way, per vehicle. Room rates start from around 5,500 rupees per night, plus tax.
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A modern, no-frills mid-range property similar to the Ibis, the Red Fox opened in December 2013 along with the more upmarket Lemon Tree Premier hotel (rates from 6,500 rupees per night). The hotel has fresh bold interiors and 207 compact yet comfortable rooms. It's located next to the Lemon Tree Premier in the Aerocity area, and the properties share a swimming pool. The hotel has a multi-cuisine cafe and fitness center on the premises, and staff are super efficient and friendly. It's highly regarded for employing many differently-abled people. Expect to pay around 4,200 rupees per night upwards, plus tax.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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The much anticipated Ibis hotel finally opened in mid 2014 and has 315 guest rooms, along with a bar, restaurant, and three meeting rooms, outdoor swimming pool, and gym. Wireless Internet and airport transfers are complimentary. In addition, the Aerocity Metro station is only a five minute walk from the hotel. As to be expected at Ibis hotels, the rooms are quite small though and there's no room service. Room rates start from 3,600 rupees per night, plus tax. Pets are allowed to stay at the hotel for an extra 1,000 rupees per night, per pet.
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The Shanti Palace is one of the better previously existing mid-range options if you want to stay near the airport. The hotel is situated approximately mid way between terminals T3 (domestic and international) and T1 (domestic low cost carriers) in Mahipalpur. It has a bar and restaurant that serves decent food. There's a business center and free wireless Internet too. Service is good and rooms are clean, albeit some of them (the cheapest ones) are a bit old fashioned and don't have windows. Expect to pay around 3,500 rupees per night upwards, plus tax. The airport shuttle costs 780 rupees per vehicle, one way.
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If you're on a budget and don't want to spend too much, Hotel Delhi Aerocity really stands out and is way above average in this category. It's one of the closest hotels to the airport on National Highway 8 (situated next to the Radisson Blu Plaza) and is less than a 10 minute walk from the Aerocity Metro station. It markets itself as a "luxury budget hotel" with 25 rooms. Staff are courteous, wireless Internet is free, and rooms are comfortable. Rates start from 1,600 rupees per night, plus tax. The airport shuttle costs 300 rupees per vehicle, one way.
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If you're looking for a super cheap stay near New Delhi airport, Hotel Eurostar International is probably the best option. Double air conditioned rooms are available for 1,000 rupees per night, plus tax. The rooms are small, but the hotel staff are friendly and helpful (which is a bonus compared to many budget hotels there). Plus, the hotel is located down an alleyway, so it's not too noisy. Some taxi drivers may have trouble finding it though, and some guests may be intimidated by the location. Wireless Internet is free but airport transfers are charged at 800 rupees for a round trip. Pets are allowed at an additional cost.